God is an interactive God and wants us to be, too, so we can take part of his superabundant life. He wants so much more for us to just live in the ordinary. He wants us to take his place and reach out to the needy and in turn he frees us of ourselves and of the bondages that we have. That’s what real communion really means, pulling up your sleeves and finding Jesus out there everyday, in the needy and doing something about it. The people in need search for God because they’re hungry, thirsty, naked, imprisoned and lonely, who have somehow been reached out to, will realize that God had touched them thru people like you and me. I think God loves mission-minded people, and this reading has the hidden secret to freedom.
This will weed out the ones who at the end of their life, belong to Him or not.
How beautiful are His Words:
"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. 11And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Thru this reading, may you come to true communion with Jesus and know what its like to live like a saint.
I have come to the conclusion, that today, on the feast of St. Thomas, that God is telling me that I am blessed in that I believe though I do not see. And I should extol His Holy Name, and praise Him in His greatness, not because I came to believe by not stumbling it on my own, but because of His deliberate faithfulness, He has outpoured His Holy Spirit that I may come to believing without seeing, having that precious thing that long ago I gave away so easily, but since have had restored…His Gift of Faith.
Because of this faith that was passed on from the Apostles and disciples from a tiny group, it has exploded through the generations, to this time and will go on beyond our life span here on earth. That same Holy Spirit that generously gives faith to those who ask, gives the same faith that was given 2000 years ago. It is not diluted as things of nature gets with the passage of time, but the same faith that the apostles got it in the upper room, the same fire that allowed people to die for this Christ that brought this message of Love and Hope. The same fire that allowed people to walk miles and miles just to break Bread in secrecy because of how precious it was to them.
Yes, we are part of that network of God, starting out like a tiny mustard seed, and has grown to proportions that cannot be measured. In this network, we are called the family of God. This family that has the Holy Spirit guiding us collectively in our Church, yet dwells individually within us. How good and faithful is our God!!! God in wonderment and awe, I praise Your Holy Name, for you are due all praise!!!